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    09-27-2010, 08:14 PM
Question Is this horse barrel horse material?

I am thinking about buying this horse. She is 16 hands tall. Does she look like she has the potential (conformation, etc.)?
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    09-27-2010, 08:21 PM
She's stunning ! What breed and age etc? Congrats on the new horse (maybe.) she looks a little big to be running patterns and I can't put my finger on it but there's something about her build that's not quite right. Her front end and hind end look like two totally different horses.
    09-27-2010, 08:22 PM
I'm not really a fan of her. She's pretty, but I feel like she's two horses stuck together. Not a very helpful critique, but Im not sure what it is about her.

How is she bred?
    09-27-2010, 08:23 PM
She is a 3 year old thoroughbred.
    09-27-2010, 08:25 PM
Maybe this is a better pic? But I definitely see what you mean now...
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    09-27-2010, 08:29 PM
Yay! I like that picture much better. The only thing that stands out about her is her front legs. Again, Im bad with what things are called conformation wise...

I think for local barrels she would do fine. Her size doesn't really worry me -- She'd do okay on bigger patterns and I've seen horses her size win. She is a TB though and she doesnt have the big butt I like for getting down and around the turns.
Just my opinion though! I get stuck in the barrel racers = quarter horses rut sometimes
    09-27-2010, 08:38 PM
She's a very pretty girl. She appears to be a bit weak through the loins but she is just 3 so she will bulk up a bit more. I really do like her but I see her being a better H/J or pleasure horse. No doubt she has speed on the straight, but I just can't really see her being able to shorten up and get down like she would need to around the barrels. That is one of the reasons that shorter QHs are much more popular and successful in the barrel circuit is because they are bred for quick feet and sharp turns. TB's, in general, are not. She may prove me wrong completely but I just can't really see it. She really is gorgeous and appears to have a ton of potential, I just don't think it is in the barrel horse world.
    09-27-2010, 11:15 PM
Any horse can make a barrel horse. The question is, what kind of level you want to make it to.

I like her. She's a little over at the knee, but conformationally, I've seen worse on 1D horses.

Problem is this, at 3 years old it's difficult to place her in a brackett just because she isnt fully developed. I'll usually breeze a horse through a pattern, even if they arent patterned. Just to feel their natural style. In order to say whether I'd take a chance on her or not would be solely based on how she rides.

Height is irrelavant in barrel racing.

Asking price? Lineage?
    09-27-2010, 11:18 PM
Over at the knee! That's what I was trying to think of. Thanks BuckOff, I feel slightly less newbish now.
    09-27-2010, 11:19 PM
Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
Over at the knee! That's what I was trying to think of. Thanks BuckOff, I feel slightly less newbish now.
LOL yeah, I believe the "term" for it is Buck Kneed. But it's easier to visualize with "over at the knee".

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